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Push for more cameras to bust texting drivers

MORE than a third of NSW residents want the quarter of a billion dollars raised from traffic fines to go into more mobile phone detection cameras, a major new survey shows. The NRMA has released the research, which surveyed 1200 people, as it calls for more transparency into how money raised from roadside cameras is…

MORE than a third of NSW residents want the quarter of a billion dollars raised from traffic fines to go into more mobile phone detection cameras, a major new survey shows.

The NRMA has released the research, which surveyed 1200 people, as it calls for more transparency into how money raised from roadside cameras is spent.

The revenue from fines issued to drivers caught speeding, running red lights or texting is collected by the Community Road Safety Fund and distributed back into road safety projects.

Thirty-six per cent of NRMA members surveyed said the money should be spent on more mobile phone detection cameras. Road upgrades was supported by 59 per cent, and more road safety education was backed by 43 per cent. A third of those surveyed also said more drug driving tests should be funded by the camera fines.

“The NRMA’s It’s Not Fine report has identified a number of practical measures we want the Government to adopt that would help strengthen the fund, provide greater transparency and reporting into where the money is going and promote this work in the community,” NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said in a statement.

The fund was established in 2012 after legislation passed the NSW parliament’s upper house.

“The NSW Government was right to set up the Community Road Safety Fund, and these sensible measures proposed by the NRMA will only enhance its work. Critically, by raising its profile we will strengthen the argument that cameras are here to save lives and not raise revenue,” Mr Khoury said.

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